51 down, 8 to go. (2 Hawaii, 1 AmSam, 5 AK)
Who are the National Park Travelers?
My name is Steve and my wife and I run Acadianationalparks.com. we are both in love with the Maine woods and are still learning about what is in our back yard. Acadia National Park is our closest national park and we spend our free time cataloging the hiking trails and local businesses. Drop us a line so we can share some stories!
My husband and I roam the country full-time in our RV, searching for adventure.
Most Recent NPS Experience, Park Ranger Interpreter (Winter Seasonal) Dinosaur National Monument (DINO) (Feb-May 2014)
Presently a volunteer at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (FLFO) (June 2014)
I am a retired National Park Ranger, currently living in Arizona. Although I joined the Service later than most, I had a wonderful career:
1994: Summer Seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger: Great Basin NP, Nevada
Winter Seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger: Pecos NHP, New Mexico
1995: Summer Seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger: Great Basin NP,, Nevada
Winter: Seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger: Pecos NHP, New Mexico
1995-2001: Supervisory Visitor Use Assistant, Fee Supervisor: Death Vallley NP,
2002: Winter Seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger: Great Basin NP, Nevada
Summer Seasonal Lead Interpretive Park Ranger: Devils Tower NM, Wyoming
2002-2011 Assistant District Interpreter, Needles District, : Canyonlands NP, Utah
After retring in October, 2011, I purchased a 2005 35-ft. NuWa Hitchhiker Discover America 5th wheel trailer and a 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD truck and set out for Apache Junction, Arizona, for the winter. I still winter there and for the first two summers I lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Wanting to be closer to friends, I moved to Lakeside, Arizona along the Mogollon Rim in June, 2014.
Prior to my Park Service career, I worked in various engineering and air quality planning jobs from 1970-1993, in Texas, California and Arizona, but was never happy with my work endeavors. In 1980, I started attending night and weekend classes in archaeology and geology at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. In 1994, I transferred to The University of Arizona and graduated with a B.A. degree in Anthropology with a minor in Geology in May, 1995. Three weeks later, I began my Park service career. I enjoyed every minute of being a National Park Ranger.
Now I fill my days with golf, more golf, hiking, biking, enjoying time with my friends and supporting NPS functions when I can. I also volunteer for the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad in northern New Mexico as an onboard docent interpreter.
We're authors of Falcon guides, "Hiking Acadia National Park" and "Best Easy Day Hikes Acadia National Park."
And we have a YouTube channel, http://m.youtube.com/channel/UCquUT125rqI8fKGZVl5CCNA.
I live in New Mexico,but am originally from Indiana.
I'm not Jenning anymore! The transformation is complete. I am now... someone else.
Ray and Vicki sold their home of 30 years in Fort Collins Colorado and now slowly migrate across the USA in their motorcoach. Among the many pleasures of being travelers, Vicki and Ray enjoy volunteering at NPS visitor centers and collecting Passport stamps.
I go by Wulverine as I went to the U of Michigan (The Wolverines) but am slightly off! I am a physician from Florida who discovered the national parks while taking his kids and wife to Alaska for a land and see trip 5 years ago. Fell in love with Denali and the wilderness. Since then, I have been dragging my family on 3 vacations a year to visit national parks through out the US. I have been blessed to get 4 or more weeks of vacation off per year over the summer to do long road trips. So far, we have visited almost 200 national parks and will be around 225 after this summer is up. Also, we have around that many junior ranger badges. Always looking forward to the next trip!
Employed in NPS as Administrative Officer. 28.5 years with Park Service, primarily in the field of administration, in CA, UT, AK, AZ, NM, and ID. Traveled extensively to national parks throughout the U.S. and Marianas Islands.
Aggtelek National Park in Hungary is truly a unique park, with a sprawling and surprising cave system, an equestrian center, and miles of hiking and biking trails.
Aggtelek National Park in northeast Hungary features amazing karst caverns, a hucul horse riding centre, environmental education centers, and hiking and biking through Hungary's most interesting and unique landscape.
Aggtelek National Park is the only national park in Hungary established in order to first and foremost protect inanimate natural assets - karst formations and caves. The conservation of the territory began in 1978 when it was declared a "protected landscape area," and in 1985 it was recognized as a national park. Nineteen ninety-five was a significant year in the history of the national park as The Caves of the Aggtelek Karst and the Slovak Karst were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The surface disguises some 1200 caves, 280 of which can be found on the Hungarian side. The area richly deserves the extra layer of UNESCO protection on the grounds of the complexity, diversity and relatively intact conditions of its caves and formations. The total territory of the national park is more than 20000 hectares (77 square miles). It has also been a designated Ramsar Convention Site for the protection of wetlands and waterfowl.
Business Name: Pics by Shelly LLC
We are Don and Shelly Hafner from Kansas City, MO. We are professionals with advanced degrees. We have been married for 32 years. We have two adult sons and one grandson. We enjoy travelling together—always have. We have been to most of the states in the U.S. With this journey, we will complete one of our goals of going to all fifty. Additionally, we have travelled to numerous other countries including Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Venezuela, and the UK. We have visited most of the Caribbean. Our favorite spot outside of the United States is Barbados. We also enjoy photography, cooking and the Kansas City Royals. Gluttons for punishment, we know.
Our dream to visit all of the US National Parks in a short period of time evolved unexpectedly, but quickly. We reviewed a number of ideas, spoke with a number of people, and tweaked our plan many times. We hope to present a message of freedom and spirituality. Please do not expect political messages—there won’t be any. Our purpose is not to develop a review site. Rather we expect to tell the story of what it is like for two people to plan and make such a trip. Our journey will have an element of surprise. We are not going to publish our travel plans in advance. Rather, we will blog about and share photographs as we get to each National Park. We will begin at Hot Springs National Park on April 1st, 2014. We know where and when we are going to reach National Park #59. That will be July 4th, 2015. Please follow along to learn where we will be.
In addition to www.59nationalparks.com, we will be making extensive use of social media. Follow us on Twitter, Google+, Pintrest, and YouTube. Our primary blog will feature National Parks. In addition, we will have a blog called “The Excellent Adventures of Bubba and Lilly”. Bubba and Lilly are our dogs. This blog is primarily for children though we hope that it appeals to all. We believe it is important for children to value our National Parks and to develop a desire to travel. There is no better way to learn.
59nationalparkscom is a business venture. What we are doing fits well with many categories. We will be offering our best National Park photographs for sale on the site—matted and framed. We are in search of one national sponsor. Categories that work well are, but no limited to:
- · National campground companies.
- · Camping gear and outfitters.
- · Recreational vehicle companies.
- · Travel and tour companies.
- · Photography companies.
- · Pet suppliers.
We have a business plan to share with interested parties.
We are strong supporters of small businesses who rely upon the National Parks to make a living. We will have a unique webpage for each National Park. We will be offering limited advertising space for each park we visit on our website. Categories here could be local restaurants, coffee shops, outfitters, RV supplies, photography shops and independent camp grounds.
We are also interested in affiliate marketing partners to work with on our website.
Along the way we will be available to the press for interviews and appearances. We are also very interested in sharing our experiences with school children. Contact us at the email or phone number listed above.
We so look forward to our journey and from hearing from those who follow along.
Avid hiker, and explorer in the southwest since 1995! Owner of Treks West Tours, offering adventure tours in the southwest and Alaska since 2011. Married to Sheila, reside in Mechanicsville, MD. Love the National Parks! Current favorite is Big Bend NP in Texas!
I live in the gateway boro of Medford Lakes, NJ. The Pinelands National Reserve is my backyard. We enjoy a rich history including the Lenni-Lenape Indians, profiteering and pirating during the American Revolution, and today, the world's best blueberries, cranberries, and tomatoes. But our best kept secret is 17-trillion gallons of pristine water beneath our sugar sand and dwarf pines. I, along with many other "Pineys" am here to protect this heritage and natural resource.
Dr. Patricia Owens is a retired history professor who lives in Illinois. She earned a Ph.D. in history from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a M.A. in American Studies from the University of Wyoming, a M.A. in history from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a M.S. in forestry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a B.A. in history and political science from Illinois State University.
Dr. Owens has been a seasonal NPS employee at George Rogers Clark NHP and the Lincoln Home NHS. She worked two summers for Hamilton Stores in Yellowstone National Park, one summer for the Yellowstone Association and two summers in the Yellowstone Archives/Library. This past year she served as a member of the T. A. Moulton Barn Centennial Celebration Committee, Grand Teton National Park. Dr. Owens has published several articles and her areas of study and research are Lincoln and the American West.
Retired VA physician,
now professional photographer and T shirt designer
Lisa Sasser has worked in preservation since 1972, beginning as a Museum Technician at the Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas. In 1977, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Texas Tech University, completing as a thesis project, a Historic Structures Report and restoration plan for a post-1680 houserow at Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico. From 1979-1984 she was employed as a Historical Architect on the Northeast Team of the Denver Service Center, the centralized planning and design office of the National Park Service. In 1984, she entered the National Park Service preservation trades training program at the Williamsport Preservation Training Center (now HPTC) in Williamsport, Maryland. After completing the trades training program, she remained on the Training Center staff as a Supervisory Preservation Specialist and Senior Historical Architect. In 1993, she became the Assistant Chief Historical Architect for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. She worked in the Northeast Region of the National Park Service as a Project Manager and Facility Management Coordinator from 1996 until her retirement from the National Park Service in August 2009. She currently provides consulting, teaching and technical services for documentation, conservation, repair and maintenance of historic structures. Lisa is a founding member and past President of the Preservation Trades Network, and past President of the Timber Framers Guild.
Education, Honors, and Certification
MBA Studies - Golden Gate University, San Francisco
Lifetime Teaching Credentials, California Community Colleges, Adult Education for the following disciplines:
A. Distribution and Marketing
B. Art and Design, including Photography - U.C.S.D., San Diego
Certificate - New York Institute of Photography, New York, NY
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Auburn University, AL
Instructor in Digital Photography, SFSU OLLI, San Francisco, CA
Instructor in Digital Photography, Tamalpais Community Education and College of Marin, CA
Faculty, University of Hawaii at Hilo - Hawaii Community College, Digital Media Arts
Instructor in Digital Photography, College of Marin Community Education
Area Manager, Circlepix Virtual Tours, Sonoma and Marin Counties, CA
Owner, Hank Miller Photography, Greenbrae, CA
Regional Manager, Impact Imaging, UT
Account Manager, ColorWise, CA
District Manager, CRI, San Diego and San Francisco, CA
District Manager, Knoll International, San Diego and San Francisco, CA
Aviator, United States Navy
SERRA Equine Rescue, Petaluma, CA
Giant Steps Therapeutic Riding School, Petaluma, CA
Chair, Publicity Committee, Habitat for Humanity, local chapter
Member, Disaster Action Team, American Red Cross
Computer training, Swords to Plowshares, San Francisco
St. Vincent De Paul, Veteran Advisor
Veterans Medical Center - Photographic Art Therapist, San Francisco
2010 New Mexico Madness, Lulu Press
2009 Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Lulu Press
2009 Hubbell Post, Lulu Press
2008 Road Trip Southwest, Lulu Press
2006 Digital Photography for Travelers Notebook, Lulu Press, 2006
2006 The Admiral’s Son, Lulu Press, 2007
2007 Vacation Bible School Dropouts, Lulu Press, 2006
2002 I Like Being American, Doubleday, Michael Leech, “Touch Me-A Soliloquy” poem and “The Wall” photographic image.
Major Exhibitions, Collections, and Internships
Nantuck School of Art and Design (division of RISD), September, 2013
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, Artist in Residence, Spring, 2011
Visiting Artist, American Academy of Rome, Italy, 2010
Tubac Arizona Art Beyond the Lens Competition, 2010
Panoramic Photography Exhibit, IAPP/IVRPA International Panoramic Photography Conference, 2010, Tuscon, AZ
Guest Artist, Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, NM, Fall, 2009
Ghost Ranch, Santa Fe, NM, Artist in Residence, Fall, 2009/2010
Hubbell Trading Post National Historical Site, Arizona, Exhibitor and Artist in Residence, Summer, 2009
Marin IJ, Second Place, Color, 2008
M.A.L.T., Ross, CA 1991
Yosemite Institute: Guest Artist, Yosemite National Park, 1991
Private Collection: Jessica Hall Interiors, Marin County, CA
Private Collection: Eric Electronics, San Jose, CA
Marin County Fair, 2002, Best of Class
Private Collection: Rachelle Barber, San Rafael, CA
Solo Exhibition, University of California at Riverside Art Museum, 2000
Solo Exhibition, San Francisco Art Commission, 2001
Solo Exhibition, Mill Valley Art Commission 2001
Private Collection: Wayne Vic Brown, Novato, CA
Marin County Fair, 1991, 92, 93, 95, 98
Private Collection: B. Feichtmeir, San Francisco, CA
Southern California Exposition, Del Mar, CA 1984
Private Collection: The Runswicks, Danville, CA
Solo Exhibition, Glad Hand Restaurant, Sausalito, CA 1969
Course syllabi created and instructed:
Digital Photography for Beginners
Continuing Digital Photography
Digital Photography for Travelers Workshop
The Art of Seeing
DLSR Beginning Photography
Camera Walks: Sausalito, North Beach, Mission, Golden Gate Park, The Embarcadero, Presidio